ANCHOR LEAD: TAKING YOUR TEENAGER TO A DOCTOR WHO SPECIALIZES IN THEIR CARE MAY BE WISE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Pediatricians who specialize in the field of adolescent medicine may be hard to find, but may also provide the best care for your teenager, a recent New York Times report revealed. Maria Trent, an adolescent medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, explains their role.
TRENT: The major causes of mortality for adolescents are related to injury but there are still medical conditions that are relatively common for adolescents. The medical complications of eating disorders, disorders of puberty, endocrine complications that can occur related to development in puberty, managing menstrual disorders, addictions treatment, most people think it’s largely a psychological issue but its also a biological one as well. We’re also trained to help people in their transition to adulthood. :26
Trent says most adolescent medicine specialists will work with primary care doctors to provide the best care for teenagers, but patients and families may have to go to an academic medical center to find one. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.